About HPF

The Harvard Philippine Forum (HPF) is a close-knit community of Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and friends that aims to celebrate and share the vitality of Philippine culture and tradition with the Harvard community. Through its traditional dance performances and food samplings, HPF offers the campus community with a glimpse of Filipino culture. With its social and educational events and the camaraderie it offers, it provides its members with a uniquely Filipino Harvard experience.

HPF's Committees

March 1, 2011Posted by Someone


HPF holds several activities every semester, and these activities fall under at least one of four categories: Educational, Cultural, Social, and Publicity and External Relations.


Through workshops, conferences, speakers, and other activities, the Educational Committee seeks to empower students to take action on the various social, political, economic, and cultural issues affecting the Filipino community today. Members of this committee help:

  • create awareness of Filipino issues and current events
  • invite speakers for different speaker events
  • initiate workshops such as Tagalog lessons
  • If you're interested in joining the Educational Committee, send an email to Jared Lopez, jaredlopez@college.harvard.edu.


    As a cultural organization, HPF has its own dance troupe under the Cultural Committee. HPF performs traditional Filipino folk dances every semester on- and off- campus. Members of this committee help:

  • promote awareness of Filipino culture through dance, art, music, and drama
  • plan for dances that will be performed throughout the year
  • recruit members for HPF’s Dance Troupe
  • If you're interested in joining the Cultural Committee, send an email to Stephanie Lim, sllim@college.harvard.edu.


    The Social Committee creates events that are not only a lot of fun but also foster a sense of openness, community and most importantly, pamilya. Members of this committee help:

  • plan small events such as food and dance workshops, game days
  • integrate incoming freshmen into HPF
  • hold biweekly Pamilya dinners
  • If you're interested in joining the Social Committee, send an email to Riana Balahadia, riana.balahadia@gmail.com.

    Publicity and External Relations

    In addition to building unity within HPF, we also aim to build strong relationships with other cultural or Filipino groups on and off campus through social mixers and collaborations on events. Members of this committee help:

  • maintain HPF’s website, poster for events, among other activities
  • reach out to the Southeast Asian Coalition and other cultural groups on campus
  • sustain relationships amongst alumni and the greater Filipino community in Boston
  • If you're interested in joining the Publicity and External Relations Committee, send an email to John Gobok, jpgobok@fas.harvard.edu.